Nicholas Christof’s article in the NYTimes today points a finger at “pro-family” people “preserving” child poverty in America.
Lest you believe this a stretch, America stands out as the country with the highest child poverty rate and one of the lowest levels of social expenditure. This has been true for many years.
This means food insecurity for five year olds, and the statistical probability that homeless ten year olds are three times more likely to be sexually abused than other children.
There is a heartlessness behind the politics of separating immigrant babies from their mother (over 5000) and not returning those children to their birth parents (over 1000 still are separated today).
We the people now have public policies that have led to the sad reality that;
- 37% of children are reported to child protection agencies in this nation by their 18th birthday.
- almost one third of American children will have a criminal record by their 23rd birthay
- 80% of youth aging out of foster care lead dysfunctional lives
This site is filled with too much bad news about unhappy realities facing at risk children in our communities. It’s not just money that is making life miserable for children and the people trying to help them grow up. Share this article (it could change a mind)
Pliny was right. “What we do to our children, they will do to society” (Greek philosopher 2000 years ago).
All Adults Are the Protectors of All Children (Don Shelby)
From the Kristoff article; “…
then you discover that the family consigns one child to an unheated, vermin-infested room in the basement, denying her dental care and often leaving her without food.
You’d call 911 to report child abuse. You’d say those responsible should be locked up. You’d steam about how vile adults must be to allow a child to suffer like that.
But that’s us. That household, writ large, is America and our moral stain of child poverty.
Some American children attend $70,000-a-year nursery schools, but 12 million kids live in households that lack food. The United States has long had one of the highest rates of child poverty in the advanced world — and then the coronavirus pandemic aggravated the suffering.
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This article submitted by long time CASA guardian ad Litem Mike Tikkanen
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